Student shines in Swiss business competition

Published: 8 May 2015 at 14:25

Anglia Ruskin undergraduate Taylor Hughes wins cash prize in Project Firefly.

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A Chelmsford-based business student has proved his worth in an international competition sponsored by investment firm Credit Suisse.

Anglia Ruskin University student Taylor Hughes, who is originally from Maldon but now lives in Chelmsford, won a cash prize of 250 Swiss Francs (approximately £175) after finishing in the top 10% of the Emerging Leaders Competition, run by Project Firefly.

Now in its fourth year, entries to the competition are evaluated by Project Firefly’s Academic Review Board, a panel of world-renowned professors.

This year’s competition attracted nearly 200 submissions from students of 34 different nationalities, representing 125 universities.

Taylor’s report on the topic “What, if any, are the next big plays in the carry trade? Support your answer with data” impressed the judges and has been published on the Project Firefly website.  

He also had to make a 10 minute presentation on how the “Internet of Things” will affect public provision of healthcare, and what that means for private healthcare.

The 24-year-old, who is in the second year of his BSc (Hons) Business Management degree at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“It was a great experience to be one of the winners, but next year I’d love to win the grand prize and get to go to the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference, which took place this year in Hong Kong.” 

Dr Robin Gowers, Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School, said:

“Taylor’s achievement in getting to the final of Credit Suisse Challenge epitomises what Anglia Ruskin’s business school is all about."

“Not only did he produce an excellent written piece of research work but he also he had to deliver a presentation."

“Being a practice-based international business school, this is an excellent example of how our students link theory to practice and can deliver at the highest levels under pressure.”